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As a result of many WNC agencies joining forces, the Western Region Continuum Early Intervention Program will wrap up its first year with the end of the school year in June. The program which was developed to quell truancy at an early age in public schools was implemented in Cherokee, Clay, Gaham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

Smoky Mountain Center, in collaboration with the Department of Social Services, North Carolina Department of Public Safety and county schools, has developed the program which is the first of its kind in the state and offers:


Republican candidates featured in first of two parts.

The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

The Jackson County Sheriff race is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May Republican primary will face the winner of the May Democratic primary in the November general election.

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe, who has held the office for 12 years, is not seeking re-election.


Western Carolina University researchers have completed a comprehensive study of major demographic, economic, social and political issues and trends facing Western North Carolina, releasing their findings in a 2014 Regional Outlook Report designed to equip residents and policymakers with the information needed to make informed decisions about WNC’s future.

The report is based on in-depth analysis of existing economic and demographic data and on responses to a telephone survey last summer, with nearly 900 randomly selected respondents contacted via both wireless and landline numbers.

The 2014 report represents the third installment in a series of reports compiled by a multidisciplinary team of researchers – Kathleen M. Brennan, associate professor of sociology; Christopher A. Cooper, associate professor of political science and political affairs; and Inhyuck “Steve” Ha, associate professor of economics.


Being a member of Congress has its perks.

The pay isn’t bad, there are plenty of breaks, and allowances for staff and expenses can reach as high as seven figures — not to mention the various tax benefits, pensions and health insurance.

But when it comes to winning a prestigious seat on Capitol Hill, candidates and incumbents are largely on their own. Regardless of rank, all are forced to sweat it out raising campaign funds at private meetings and public events, in order to pump cash into election efforts.


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